Brain Fog: What is it and what does it do to you?

Brain Fog  is something that many people with fibromyalgia – often unconsciously – suffer from. As you might see from the name of the word, it has to do with your brain. It can cause concentration problems, confusion, or anxiety. But what exactly is it? What are the symptoms and how can you prevent it? That is something I share with you in this blog!

What is a Brain Fog?

Brain Fog is a collective name for the cognitive complaints that someone with fibromyalgia may have to deal with. It is also called Fibro Fog or brain fog and can occur in addition to fibromyalgia, also in other syndromes. It is described as confusion, concentration and memory problems, forgetfulness or disorientation. But it may also be that you just do not get out of your words or forget what you wanted to ask. These complaints often coincide with language and learning problems and memory loss.

When a Brain Fog occurs can be different, often the complaints are most present in severe pain or extreme fatigue. The symptoms can last longer and can be worse one day than the other day.

Brain Fog symptomen:

  • Reducing concentration;
  • Feeling unsure;
  • Disoriented feeling;
  • Angst;
  • Problems with the short-term memory;
  • Difficulty with clear thinking;
  • Difficult to get out of your words / can not find the right words;
  • Confusion;
  • Difficulty learning new things;
  • Reduced creativity;
  • Stress;
  • Spiritual fatigue;
  • Turning over numbers and letters;
  • Difficulty in following conversations;

Cause of a Brain Fog

There is still no clear cause of the Fibro Fog. Various studies were carried out which also produced different outcomes.

Pain inhibits the brain

Pain requires a lot of energy from the body, including the brain. Researchers have found that when someone with fibromyalgia experiences a lot of pain, the brain is inhibited by the pain. This would reduce the ability to make memories. The pain signals require so much energy from the brain that the brain no longer has time to do things to others like creating new memories. In addition, stress alsocauses stress , stress can also cause the short-term memory to function less well.

Sleep disorders

According to researchers, the biggest cause lies with sleep quality. Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from sleep problems, which can eventually lead to chronic fatigue. Due to chronic fatigue, the brain gets too little rest which in turn has consequences for the ability to think clearly. The body eventually has a shortage of restorative sleep, the result is that the production of serotonin is reduced. Serotonin is responsible for memory.

Reducing blood flow

Another study shows that the Fibro Fog would be caused by the brain getting too little oxygen. This would reduce blood flow in the brain, which may cause disorientation and confusion. This study showed that people with fibromyalgia have a reduced blood flow in the brain, especially in the areas responsible for short-term memory. This could also inhibit the ability to make new memories.

Other causes

A Brain Fog could be  triggered by various causes, such as:

  • Overload, stress;
  • Disturbed hormone regulation;
  • Vitamins shortage;
  • Medications ;
  • Over dots Ling;
  • Over-fatigue, poor sleep;

How do you ensure that you suffer less from a Brain Fog? 3 tips.

  1. Try  to avoid triggers
    It is therefore important to avoid the above points as much as possible. Make sure you have enough rest moments so that your brain does not have to work overtime. Try to avoid stress as much as possible and write your tasks on a to-do list so that you always have an overview. With medication it is important to read the leaflet carefully to find out what it does to you.
  2. Use of CBD oil
    What may also offer help is CBD oil . This oil is mainly used for pain or sleep problems but also has a positive effect on the brain. The use of CBD may improve the concentration and memory capacity. In addition, it can reduce stress, helps to sleep better and has a positive effect on pain complaints.

  3. Taking good care of yourself It is very important to sleep well enough so that the body can fully recharge. A good night’s rest is therefore of great importance. In addition, healthy nutrition – because that is also important for the brain – is very important. Listen to your body and give it what it needs!

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